Monday, April 30, 2012

Guest Blogger: Editor Jennifer Moody "Grammar Geek Gripe - The Apostrophe"

Grammar Geek Gripe – The Apostrophe
I was trying to come up with a GREAT topic for this month’s Guest Blog, but after seeing THREE “let’s add apostrophe-s to make our noun a plural” signs in the past couple of weeks…

…I’m feeling a very strong need to talk about apostrophes today.

 I’m a Grammar Geek (some might go as far as to say Grammar Nazi). I can’t help it. I’ve been proofing and editing since 1999 … it’s ingrained at this point. I do realize that the majority of the world passes by such signs without a second look. In some ways that’s good, being oblivious, but this blog is for those of us who write for a living so let’s discuss a few apostrophe rules.
Nothing gets under my grammar geek skin more than an apostrophe incorrectly placed, or the wrong apostrophe-type word used. We’ve all had conversations about there/their/they’re. In fact, a Facebook friend tagged MoodyEdits recently in this funny:

(While it did crack me up, I couldn’t stop myself from pointing out that the period after “Nazi” should be a comma, and there should be a period at the end. Ha! The point, however, was nicely made. Moving right along…)

Let’s / Lets
Last August, Old Navy reprinted thousands of college team shirts because of an apostrophe catastrophe…

They had to, really. How would it look if thousands of COLLEGE kids were walking around sporting grammatical errors?

(I wonder if Old Navy added an Editor to their staff after this mishap.)

It’s / Its
Ugh… it pains me, PAINS me, to read this sign:

I think this has to be my biggest apostrophe-whine… using it’s for the possessive. It’s is a contraction for it is—nothing else—ever—under any circumstance. If it is to be possessive, there is NO apostrophe. End of story. Unbendable rule. Please help me spread the word.

It’s important to put an apostrophe in its proper place.”
(I wish the world would learn this simple sentence.)

Okay, I could go on for days … you’re/your, who’s/whose … but you get the point. (And I know T Denise Clary’s readers feel my pain.) So I’m going to step down off my soapbox. It’s (notice the correct usage) a beautiful day. Let’s (there it is again) go out and enjoy it!

Be blessed!


Jennifer Moody is a Professional Editor and the Owner of MoodyEdits. To learn more about Jen, visit her website at You might enjoy her take on living a happy life, on her blog “Editing My Life One Day at a Time” at And if you wanted to be nice, you could like her Facebook page at

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, April 29th

New Bible verse posted as of Sunday, April 29th...Have a great week!

Psalm 16:9-11 (NLT)
9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. 10 For You will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, April 22nd

New Bible verse posted as of Sunday, April 22nd...Have a great week!

John 14:27 (NLT)

"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." 

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My First Publication Interview - Katy Christian Magazine, April/May Issue is Here!

IT'S FINALLY HERE! The April/May issue of Katy Christian Magazine, in which they featured an article of yours truly. I'm so excited!!! I'm featured on page 6, with the interview continued on page 9. Check it out at this LINK, or by clicking on the image below...

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, April 15th

New Bible verse posted as of Sunday, April 15th...Have a great week!

Psalm 30:11-12 (NLT)
11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give You thanks forever! 

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Develop Your Potential & Do Something Now" by Joyce Meyer

The following message is from Joyce Meyer, day 83 of her, 'Daily Devotional-Promises for Your Everyday Life' that I read daily. In the message below, Joyce Meyer talks about developing your potential and references bible verse Colossians 3:23. Such a great message, couldn't help but share!

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

**Note: To start Joyce Meyer's 'Daily Devotional' plan (or explore other plans via YouVersion), click on this LINK.

 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:23

Develop Your Potential and Do Something Now
By Joyce Meyer

"You may know that God's created you with great potential, but you can't stop there. You have to develop your potential.

I believe that many people are unhappy because they aren't doing anything to develop their potential. If you want to see your potential developed to its fullest, don't wait until everything is perfect. Do something now. Start laying your hand to whatever is in front of you.
You must give your potential some form by doing something with it. You will never find what you are capable of doing if you never try anything.

Don't be so afraid of failing that you never take a chance. Don't stay in the safety zone. You may feel safe, but you will never succeed at developing your full potential or being fulfilled in what you are doing. Step out into what you feel God is leading you to do, and you will soon discover what you can and cannot do.

You are full of God-given potential, and He wants to do more through your life than you could ever imagine, but it requires your cooperation. Step out and serve Him wholeheartedly today.

Prayer Starter: Lord, in everything I do, I want to serve You wholeheartedly. Thank You for encouraging me to step out and take action, developing the great potential You have given me." --Joyce Meyer


Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Bible Verse ~ Easter Sunday, April 8th

~He Has Risen~

In celebration of Easter Sunday, I am posting three new Bible verses as of today, April 8th...Have a great week!

Romans 1:4 (NLT)
4 And He was shown to be the son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 11:25 (NIV)
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die.

Romans 6:8-11 (ESV)
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. 9 We know that Christ being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death He died He died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy 'GOOD FRIDAY' to You!

I wish you a happy 'GOOD FRIDAY'...the anniversary of Jesus' death.

Why is it such a joyous occasion to celebrate the death of Jesus do you ask? Because Good Friday is the day that Christians celebrate the day that Jesus was crucified and died once for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God. Jesus was put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)

I will leave you with a couple more Bible verses to ponder on this 'GOOD' day...

"He Himself bore our sins" in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by His wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24 NIV)  

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

God Bless!
T Denise Clary

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Bible Verse ~ Sunday, April 1st

New Bible verse posted for the week of Sunday, April 1st...Have a great week!

Philippians 4:4 (ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

God Bless!
T Denise Clary